Gigi Hadid may be making a splash with her leopard print Baby Bjorn carrier, but I like to think I started the trend 15 years ago. I was about to become a mom for the first time and one of the three things on my list of must-haves was a leopard print ring sling (because, #priorites).
As far as I'm concerned, in drips and drops, the Peggy Bundy-esque print is a highly wearable neutral. (Maybe not in the form of a spandex bodysuit, but hey, you do you.) It's personally a go-to for statement coats, bags, scarves and even sunglasses. And as someone who generally prefers to look like the cross between a ninja and a stagehand, it's an accessible and stylish way to walk on the wild side (pun intended) without stepping too far outside my comfort zone.
When you become a mom, it turns out there are so many new opportunities to slip a little leopard print into your everyday.
Along with perennial favorite Baby Björn's new leopard line (which is guaranteed to sell out fast, so get those in your cart ASAP!) I've hunted down some of the coolest leopard print baby and mama products that are on the market right now. Check them out below!
Spotted (get it??) on Gigi Hadid back in November before it was available for purchase, we've been counting down the days until we could add to cart. The mini style is perfect for the newborn stage with an easy on/off design.
Baby Björn's bouncer is a versatile and lifesaving new mom must-have. Motherly co-founder Liz Tenety points to it as the best baby gear item she's ever purchased.
Designed in partnership with the Jane Goodall institute, this cozy stroller blanket is made from 100% cotton and super easy to toss in the wash.
IMO, teal is the perfect contrast color to leopard. So while this sleep bag spoke to me based on its outside, it's truly the lining that makes it steal my heart. It's constructed from butter soft viscose from bamboo which is not only gentle against delicate baby skin, but it also provides heat regulation keeping them warm at night without overheating.
Soft and sweet, this 3-piece set is a fab shower gift or treat for your brand new little. I mean, it's IMPOSSIBLE to have too many head adornments, I say.
With their integrated lumbar support, UPF 50+ sunshade and uber convenient fanny pack-esque feature, Colugo carriers are not messing around. They expertly blend style and function with every print and color, but this one is definitely my favorite.
Remember when people used to bronze a baby's first pair of shoes? Now that Millennials and Gen Z trendsetters are the parents, I imagine mantles of teeny bronzed Vans in the future.
Easy to slip on and off when you want to, but somehow miraculously able to stay put when they're kicking, crawling and climbing, leather moccasins are the ideal first shoes. This style from Birdrock baby is made from soft sueded leather so they form to chunky baby feet to keep them comfy as they take their first steps. Even better, for each product sold, Birdrock Baby donates food for a day to a child in need.
The next best thing to designing your own diaper bag, The Diaper Bag by Freshly Picked was created with the help of mama-led focus groups across the US in order to find out what moms really want. What's that? Alll the space. Easy to use. Durable and stylish. Check, check and double check.
Your mini celeb is going to need some dark shades to throw off the paparazzi in this too-cute-for-words one piece. Pair it with this ridiculously adorable bow and—no. Stop. Just stop. It's too much.
Solly Baby wraps are a favorite among mamas (and Motherly editors!) for the early days of motherhood. Their lightweight and breathable construction make it easy to keep your fresh addition close and cozied up for hours on end.
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